We are delighted to announce that two new recognisable faces are joining our committee; Primark’s Store Manager Jess Murphy and New Look’s very own Rebecca Gosain. These two women work exceptionally hard to maintain their stores, both of which lie at the heart of our beloved High Street. They proactively help to make Southend-on-Sea the popular shopping destination that we all know and love, making them ideal figureheads and members of Southend BID.
Jess and Rebecca come as welcomed additions to our team; we’re excited to witness their contributions and immerse their ideas in all that we do to support the town. They will join Mark Bartrip, Dawn Jeakings, Dennis Baldry, George Bejko-Cowlbeck and Chris Johnson, our current Southend BID Directors, and Anthony McGarel (South Essex College), Antony Tomassi (Tomassi’s), Garry Lowen (The Gleneagles Guesthouse), Jannemann Britz (Park Inn by Raddison), Scott Dolling (Southend-on-Borough Council), Steve Ackroyd (Metro Bank), Steve Vincent (Marks and Spencer), Zoe Manning (University of Essex) and Paul Hogben (Essex Police) as active members of the committee.
Our Southend BID directors meet bi-weekly for a general overseeing catch-up, discussing upcoming activities, future plans and considering any items that may affect levy payers; they sit as part of a wider Southend BID committee that oversees the entire operation of Southend BID. Meanwhile, formal meetings for the Southend BID Directors are held bi-monthly, allowing us to consider the needs of the local community and ensure that our projects are enriching Southend-on-Sea. Furthermore, we meet as a committee quarterly to discuss management reports, business planning, budgeting and other matters; utilising our funds in an effective and meaningful way.
Southend BID are collaborative and as such, we listen to feedback from our community and actively engage to make sure that we are responding to their genuine needs and hopes for Southend, for example we will soon be issuing a community survey. Our team of dedicated Street Rangers are also on the ground seven days a week, connecting with members of the community whilst keeping our town safe and secure. By engaging in this way, working alongside local businesses, supporting our town’s flourishing entrepreneurs and keeping our goals for the prosperous future of Southend-on-Sea in mind, we as a committee are doing all that we can to exceed expectations and enhance this popular tourism destination.
Moving forward, we hope to continue welcoming new, local business people into our team; we are committed to further diversifying Southend BID, ensuring that we are representative of Southend’s wonderful community. We would be delighted to hear from Southend BID business owners or managers with a passion for Southend-on-Sea and the growth of our town to contact us, expressing their interest to get involved with us.
Meanwhile, I would like to thank Jess and Rebecca for coming forward and contributing to our committee; we have every confidence in what they will bring to our projects and the Southend-on-Sea community.